Wilson Goode Jr. changes tune on cutting Council

Councilman Wilson Goode Jr, who last week announced plans to introduce legislation that would cut the number of at-large City Council members from seven to five, now has a new proposal. Check out the release:

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GOODE pushing new City Council At-Large reform
New charter change would permit each party to nominate six candidates
 and give each elector the right to vote for six Councilmembers at large.

(Philadelphia, September 9, 2008) – City Councilman At-Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr. has a new proposal – he will not introduce the charter change resolution and companion bill that would reduce the number of Councilmembers from 17 to 15, and the number of at-large Councilmembers from 7 to 5. Instead, Councilman Goode will introduce legislation next week that will permit each party to nominate six candidates and give each elector the right to vote for six Councilmembers at large. The number of Councilmembers would remain 17, and the number of at-large members would remain 7 – but each party would get another nomination and each voter would get an extra vote.

Councilman Goode said, “Forty years ago, in 1968, Democrats accounted for almost 60% of the city electorate with about 600,000 registered – while the Republican Party had less than 400,000 registered, comprising less than 40% of the electorate. In 2008, Democrats account for almost 80% of the city electorate, while Republicans account for only 14 percent of the city electorate but they are still virtually guaranteed 28 percent of City Council At-Large seats. This latest proposal fairly updates the political process toward representative democracy”.


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